IMMEDIATE-RELEASE – #India-KOODANKULAM: 71 Activists Arrested on Way to Protests in Chennai Planned on 29th October


Oct 29, 2012, dianuke.org

About 29 activists from different organizations lending support to the people of Koodankulam against the KKNPP have been taken under preventive detention by Tamilnad police. This comes at a time when PMANE along with solidarity movements from across the state, had decided to hold peaceful & democratic protest demonstration in front of the Tamilnadu State Legislature on the 29th of October (when the assembly session begins). In an attempt to sabotage the plan and to prevent the people from voicing their views against KKNPP, the Tamilnadu police have resorted to the undemocratic practice of preventive detention.

We have information that 25 members of Tamizhaga Vazurimai Iyyakam from Salem (including the district secretary), 2 members of Dalit Viduthalai Katchi from Avinashi, and 1 member each from MDMK and Nam Tamilar Iyyakam from Tirupur are presently under preventive detention. The Police have maintained that they are only being detained and will not be arrested but the status remains unclear at the time of sending out this report.

Another 42 members of Pengal Munnani have been detained by the police at Kulithalai Railway Station and taken to Kulithalai police station. The police have said that they will get the signatures of the people and let them leave after 11 pm.

Tibetan activists in ‘ Preventive Detention’ and ” House Arrest” in Delhi


New Delhi, March 27 –Tibetan activists are being randomly rounded up on “preventive measures” in the Indian Capital on the eve of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit.

Around 5.30pm, well-known Tibetan writer, poet and activist Tenzin Tsundue was arrested by policemen in plainclothes from India Habitat Centre, where he was in the middle of an academic discussion on Tibet and India. Seven other activists were also arrested under preventive sections in separate incidents in the New Delhi area. Delhi Police officials said Tsundue had been arrested under preventive sections for his “notorious activities in Bangalore” where he had staged a protest during the Chinese premier’s visit in 2005.

Dhardon Sharling, communications officer for the Tibetan Women’s Association who had organized the talk, said, “We had just taken a tea break when some men forcibly picked up Tenzin Tsundue from the lobby of the hall. We pleaded with the police officers to let him answer the questions posed to him during the talk, then take him away. However, they roughly pushed us away. The talk was planned three weeks ago and was in conformity with Indian laws.”

Tibetan MP Youdon Aukhatsang said, “As a preventive measure, police are arresting Tibetan activists. They have just arrested two Tibetans after they held a press conference at the Press Club to issue an appeal of religious leaders on the situation inside Tibet.”

Areas with large Tibetan settlements like Majnu ka Tila, Ambedkar Bhawan and Buddh Vihar Tibetan Market witnessed a clampdown with cops disallowing students, working professionals and tourists to move about freely in the city while citing “apprehension for violence”. Though the section 144 CrPC had been imposed only in certain parts of central Delhi, cops restricted the movements of Tibetans all over Delhi.

Special commissioner of police (law and order) Dharmendra Kumar said, “We had rejected the application of Tibetan activists to hold protests as there are international security concerns. However, when they continued to protest on Monday, we allowed them to sit at Jantar Mantar. But as they turned violent and tried to run towards Parliament, we had to deploy a massive force to contain them and finally arrest 153 of them under preventive sections. We have imposed the Foreigners Act in the city now to restrict the movement of those Tibetans who have come to the city to protest. If they fail to follow the directions, we will take further legal action.”

But residents of these areas complained that they were stopped from going to work, attending college and even going out for regular household activities like buying groceries. “No autos were allowed to carry us, police shooed them away. My friend works in Gurgaon but was not allowed to report to work. Her boss refused to believe her. Police should allow routine facilities like going to hospitals and colleges,” said Tenzin Yangki, a student living in Majnu ka Tila.

The situation was worse at the Tibetan SOS Youth Hostel in Rohini Sector 14 where around 240 Tibetan students are housed. “We have been locked up in the hostel since morning. Many of us have missed our exams and project submission deadlines. We pleaded with police that some of us have exams at 9am but they finally allowed some of us to go to college at 10am. By then, we had already missed the exam. The rest of us have remained confined to the hostel all day and have been told by police not to interact with media,” said Palden Sonam.

Early in the day, two Tibetan volunteers of the New Delhi based Indo-Tibet Co-ordination Office was detained from the Press Club. The two were helping organize a press conference for ITCO.

Core Group for Tibetan Cause, the coordinator umbrella organisation of Tibet support groups in India strongly condemned the random mass arrests calling it “undemocratic and illegal” on the part of the agencies of the Indian government.

“We call upon all democracy loving individuals and groups of India to advise the policy makers of the Government of India to permit the Tibetan refugee community to express their opinion in a democratic and peaceful manner,” the group said in a release today.

Outside Tibetan residential areas in New Delhi, Rapid Action Forces armed in full riot gear have been deployed in large numbers.

The gates to Majnu-ka-Tilla, a popular Tibetan residential area as well as the Tibetan Youth Hostel in Rohini, are closed while police are keeping a strict watch on every movement.

The heightened security measure comes a day after 27 year old Jamphel Yeshi set his body on fire in an apparent protest against China’s continued occupation of Tibet. Jamphel Yeshi continues to be in a serious condition and has been shifted to another ward in the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital

 

SC pulls up Centre for prolonged detention of Pak prisoners


Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Press Trust Of India    The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Union government for prolonged incarceration of several Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails despite their having completed their sentences. “There is total inaction and laxity on the part of the government. “We are more concerned about the liberty of the persons who continue to be in jails despite serving their sentences,” said a bench of justices RM Lodha and HL Gokhale while ruing that some prisoners had been kept in detention even without having any case registered against them.

“Please show us the procedure under which you have detained and kept them for prolonged incarceration. We are more concerned with the question of substantial justice which should prevail over the procedures,” the bench observed.

The bench pointed out that the prolonged detention of foreign nationals was violative of the constitutional right of the life and liberty granted under Article 21 to every person in the country, including the foreign nationals, infraction of which cannot be condoned by the courts.

The apex court directed Additional Solicitor General Vivek Tankha to furnish to the court the government’s policy, if any, for dealing with such foreign nationals.

The apex court pointed out that the case relating to the alleged illegal detention of foreign nationals was pending with the courts since 2005 but the government was not taking any steps to deport them, even after they having completed their respective prison terms.

The apex court pointed out that the Union government has been lax in dealing with the issue inspite of several directives from it. It said while some of them were held for illegal entry into the country, others were arrested for alleged subversive activities.

“We don’t want your bureaucrats to sleep over the files and go into slumber. We don’t want clarifications from section officers, please give us comprehensive details as to whether there is any bilateral policy.

“Don’t compel us to summon the presence of a senior officer for clarification,” the bench said.

The court also termed as “infraction of human rights of the worst order” the cases relating to certain prisoners who were held under the preventive detention law under section 109 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in jail for over a year.

Citing the instance of one particular prisoner detained since October 6, 2009 under the preventive detention law, though no offence was registered against him, the bench observed that these are things that no court will countenance.

The apex court made the observation while dealing with two separate public interest litigations (PILs) relating to alleged prolonged incarceration of Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals in Indian jails.

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